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Loneliness

The Lifebabble team tackle issues important to young people. The team talk about loneliness - a feeling that can happen to all of us.


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Hey, Lifebabblers.

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We all feel lonely sometimes,

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but when it starts to make us feel very sad,

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it's time to talk about it.

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So today we're talking about loneliness.

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Feeling lonely and sad isn't much fun.

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It may happen if you feel you don't see or talk to anyone that often.

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You can also feel lonely when you're surrounded by lots of people.

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You may feel empty and isolated.

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If you don't feel listened to, cared for or understood.

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Lots of things cause loneliness.

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You might feel you don't get along with friends and family.

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You might feel that you don't fit in,

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or that you don't feel great about yourself.

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You might find it hard to make friends.

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You might have moved somewhere new,

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started a new school,

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experienced a death or a change in your family situation.

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No matter who we are, loneliness can happen to anyone.

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Being alone is not the same as feeling lonely and sad.

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So when someone spends a lot of time on their own,

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even though they prefer to spend time with other people,

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loneliness can set in and this can lead to feeling down.

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If you're feeling like this most of the time,

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you may need to get some help.

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Reach out to a trusted adult and let them know how you're feeling.

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It might not be easy to open up,

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but it's good to give it a go.

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PHONE RINGS

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I started to feel lonely when everyone got obsessed with

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playing football at break times, and I didn't want to.

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I'd always be by myself and it felt rubbish.

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People didn't mean to leave me out, but the lonelier I got,

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the harder it was to join in.

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Loneliness makes you feel like you're not a good person

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and no-one likes you.

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I had a big think and realised it was me, not everyone else,

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who was making me feel lonely.

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In every negative situation I turned that into a good situation,

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and I made a big effort to be happy.

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Feeling lonely can be a circle that's hard to break.

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But there are positive things you can do.

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Think about what is making you feel lonely.

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This may help you find ways to address it.

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Talk to a friend or family member about how you feel,

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and get out and do fun stuff together.

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How about joining a club or a group outside of school?

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Remember, don't let loneliness stop you from connecting with people.

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You don't know when someone's feeling lonely,

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and saying "hi" may be just what they need.

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If you notice someone often hangs out on their own, or looks sad,

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check out if they're OK.

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If someone's not keen to go home or wants you to stay,

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they might need someone to talk to or just hang out with.

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Keep a lookout for signs of loneliness.

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You never know when you might make someone's day.

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When I'm feeling lonely, I keep my chin up,

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stay strong and find somebody to talk to.

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My main advice would be don't dwell on it.

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Just try to take your mind off it.

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It can be hard, but it would really help.

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I started working on my hobbies and doing things that I love.

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It taught me self-love and it made me feel confident within myself.

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When I feel lonely, I watch loads of videos on the internet.

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Cat ones are the best!

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# Things can get tough when you are alone

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# It can take some courage to pick up the phone

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# There's so many things to do outside

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# You don't have to hide

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# No matter the weather Things will get better

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# People to deserve to see

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# Just how wonderful you are

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# And happiness is never far

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# Away. #

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That's all for this Lifebabble.

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Remember, you're not alone.

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If you need more info on how to deal with loneliness,

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head to the CBBC website. And keep babbling!

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The Lifebabble team talk about loneliness - a feeling that can happen to all of us. They look at what causes loneliness and how to recognise the signs. Leo gives some positive tips and Chavala offers advice.